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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Past Exhibitions

The Nature of Personal Reality
June 27 – September 1, 2015  |  Press Release
A group exhibition based on creating reality and the human need for connection and creation.

Artists in the exhibition: Ashton Allen (MFA ‘16), Tada Asatoorian (BFA ‘17), Amanda Benefiel (MFA ‘16), Jeanette Degollado (MFA-Public Practice ‘16), Margarethe Drexel (MFA-Public Practice ‘16), Gerry Fialka & Mark X Farina (MFA-Public Practice ‘16), Ivett Godoy (BFA ‘16), Dakota Raine Higgins (BFA ‘17), Zac Roach (MFA ‘16), Regine Rode (MFA ‘16), Gabriel Rojas (BFA ‘16), and Erin Watson (BFA ’16).

The essence of what it is to be human, the flesh and the body, and the wonder of existence is profound. Western philosophers followed the Cartesian dualistic approach to understanding reason by separating mind from body. Despite the influence of Eastern philosophies, the feminist revolution, and everything in between, this notion of rationalism heavily influences our culture. In today’s world, where we find ourselves laden with human affects and effects, with seemingly inescapable military industrialization, and both human and natural disasters, it is hard to tell if we, as a human race, are truly evolving. Our approach is often solely based on past events in a time and space that our conscious minds can recollect; a battle, a response, a fight, a reaction, and the science of the moment seems to be leaving the body altogether.  

In 1974 Jane Roberts wrote The Nature of Personal Reality: A Seth Book, in which the non-physical entity known as Seth states, “You make your own reality. There is no other rule. Knowing this is the secret of creativity.” The artists in this exhibition explore boundaries of reality, investigate new ways of understanding the domestic body, and express the need to feel something intimate and vital.

The Nature of Personal Reality
Erin Watson, Sausage, 2014, Inkjet print, 20 x 30 inches

Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal
April 11 - July 25, 2015  |  Press Release
Drawn from a single private European collection, the exhibition Dusk to Dusk presents thirty-two powerful and haunting works of painting, photography, sculpture, and video by twenty-eight renowned contemporary artists who examine issues of individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age. Ruud van Empel and Hideaki Kawashima summon primal anxieties of the body double and removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives. Gilbert & George, Erwin Wurm, Laura Ford, and Almagul Menlibayeva deploy psychological references to the individual in a society of global displacement, liminal sexualities, and political casualties. Edward Burtynsky and Aristarkh Chernyshev show technology misused, warped, and left in ruins, mocking our technocratic hubris. While others, such as Matt Calderwood, Huma Bhabha, Matthew Day Jackson, and Tony Cragg, among others, take a more abstract approach, expressing a need for balance and intimacy in the ever-expanding human experience. Together, these artists provide a glimpse into what it means to be an individual during the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century, allowing viewers to reflect on past mistakes while reveling in progressive poetics. Each work in this international selection of renowned contemporary artists rewards the viewer with a compelling encounter that will haunt them in the best way imaginable.

Artists in the exhibition: James Aldridge, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Matt Calderwood, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Tony Cragg, Salvador Dali, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Dzama, Laura Ford, Gilbert & George, Matthew Day Jackson, Hideaki Kawashima, Tianbing Li, Richard Long, Jie Luo, Jonathan Meese, Almagul Menlibayeva, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Shaobin, Anouk Steketee, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ruud van Empel, Levi van Veluw, Anne Wenzel, Erwin Wurm.

Dusk to Dusk was organized by the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, curated by Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Museum, with works generously loaned from THE EKARD COLLECTION. The exhibition is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

Opening Reception | Saturday, April 11, 4-6pm | Curator Walk thru at 4:30pm with Richard Rinehart | Free
Closing Event | Saturday July 25, 7pm | Free
Trials and Troubles: A Night of Songs and Stories with Tom Brosseau, Rachel Kushner, and Benjamin Weissman
Acclaimed authors Rachel Kushner (Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers) and Benjamin Weissman (Dear Dead Person, Headless) read from their new work, joined by North Dakota musician and storyteller Tom Brosseau (Grass Punks, Perfect Abandon) singing murder ballads and other folk tales.

Angie Bray: Shhhh
January 17 - March 22, 2015

Press Release  |  Exhibition Events

A solo exhibition of photographs, drawings, sculpture, and video of Los Angeles-based artist Angie Bray. Focusing on quieting the mind and the eye in order to observe and explore the subtleties of ourselves, Bray creates aesthetic situations for the individual to discover how one sees, perceives and reacts to what is presented. Shhhh offers an illuminating overview of Angie Bray’s work with the presentation of four major installations and a series of autonomous works from the last 30 years. A catalog is forthcoming with essays by curator Meg Linton, art historian Betty Ann Brown, and artist Suvan Geer.

Exhibition Events:
Gallery Walk-thru with Angie Bray | Saturday, February 7, 1-2pm, Free
Bassoon Performance | Sunday, February 22, 2-4pm | Bassoonist John Steinmetz Performs in Gallery and Converses with Audience
Music Performance and Conversation | Sunday, March 8, 4-6pm, Free | Composer Kubilay Üner Performs in Gallery and Converses with Angie Bray
Closing Reception | Sunday, March 22, 2-4pm, Free | Celebrate last day to see the exhibition

Angie Bray Walking Brush
Above: Angie Bray, (Walking Brush) Condensed Landscape #7, 2005, Sumi, Duralene, condensed from 6 x 96" to 6 x 21 x 6"
Top of page: Angie Bray, Looking Out.....going fast, 2010, Piezo pigment print, 20 x 73 x .5"